On Sunday 22nd April Stirlingshire Boys played against Fife Boys in the annual friendly match at Dunblane New Golf Club.
In a tightly fought match the matchplay ties finished 4 – 4, with the match being decided by a 3 way scratch stableford game in which Fife player Niall McMullen came out on top with 30 points. The match was great experience for some of our Stirlingshire players as Conor Murphy (Bonnybridge), James Yarnell (Glenbervie), Ross Spence (Falkirk) and Jamie Hunter (Falkirk Tryst) were all making their first appearences in the Boys Team. Ross and Jamie were both involved in the final stableford match and performed well with Jamie getting 25 points and Ross 23. Conor and James although losing their matches showed a good deal of promise for the future.
Good wins for Peter Maxwell (Glenbervie), Blair Carnegie (Dunblane New), Ben Craggs (Glenbervie) and Stewart Irving (Falkirk) ensured a very close match.
All the signs for the up and coming West Boys League are looking good. Result, Cameron Buist lost 4&2 to G.Forrester, Peter Maxwell won 2&1 v J.Douglas, Blair Carnegie won 1up v R.Walsh, Ben Craggs won 5&4 v A.Davidson, Stuart Irving won 3&1 v A.McDougall, Jack Gater lost 3&2 v C.Smith, Conor Murphy lost 4&3 V E.Davidson, James Yarnell lost 5&3 v C.Clark, Ross Spence and Jamie Hunter lost stableford match to Niall McMullen, Final Result Stirlingshire 4 Fife 5.
BEN CRAGGS (Glenbervie G. C.) WINS WINTER SERIES
Sunday 18th March saw the final round of the Junior & Youth Winter Series take place at Falkirk Tryst Golf Club.
An excellent event kept the excitement going right to the very end with the winner being decided in a sudden death play off. Ryan Campbell (Falkirk G C) started the day 4 points ahead of Ben Craggs (Glenbervie G C), however some excellent golf on the day saw Ben draw level with Ryan and going on to victory in the play off.
The whole winter series was a very worthwhile exercise, not only providing competitive golf through the winter but also introducing some very promising younger players into the Stirlingshire County golf scene. Gordon Campbell, Junior Convenor and Alistair Jack, Executive member were very impressed with the attitude and commitment of all the players involved, and we hope to repeat the winter series at the end of 2012.
The County Executive would like to thank all Golf Clubs who allowed us the use of their facilities over the winter, the Scottish Golf Union who helped organise one event, Central Scotland Joinery who sponsored one event and Titliest who provided some prizes.
Special Award for Graeme Robertson
Gordon Campbell, Vice President of Stirlingshire Golf Union made a special presentation of a framed photgraph of Glenbervie Golf Club to Graeme Robertson on Saturday 3rd March 2012 at the commencement of the Presidents Challenge
This presentation is in recognition of Graeme receiving his first Scotland cap in the Home Internationals in 2011. Graeme earned his cap following an excellant season which incuded winning the East Lothian Championships and was a member of Stirling University Golf Team that won the European Universities Championship in Turkey and finishing 2nd in the Scottish Golf Union order of merit.
Graeme a member of Glenbervie Golf Club is currently the No.1 ranked amateur golfer in Scotland in the world golf rankings. He is also a member of the Scottish Golf Union Elite Squad from which the three golfers that will represent Scotland in the Eisenhower Trophy (World Amatuer National Championships) will selected from.
Graeme will be packing his clubs shortly and heading to the South American Championship which are being played in Columbia.
Graeme represents Stirlingshire Golf Union whenever his international schedule permits. We can only hope that our up and coming youngsters can look at Graeme as an example on how to conduct themselves both on and off the golf course.
I am sure that everyone will wish Graeme further success during the coming season.